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Ten lessons from Open Source Open Society 2015

[caption id="attachment_21290" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Billy Meinke – Creative Commons[/caption] Few conferences range as wide as the Open Source Open Society 2015 event held in Wellington last week. The material was surprisingly accessible to non-specialists considering this was a two-day event that filled the Michael Fowler Centre with software developers. [caption id="attachment_21277" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Artists painted…

Where open data meets open government…

Technology is the easy part of building an open society. Dealing with the human side of the problem is much tougher. Social enterprise expert Kate Beecroft moderated a panel at Open Source Open Society looking at how open data can lead to a more open style of government. Laura O’Connell Rapira, campaigns director at ActionStation,…

How to run or join a hackathon

A breakout session at Open Source Open Society 2015 lead by GovHackNZ organiser Mike Riversdale gave participants a quick taste of what to expect from a hackathon. Government hackathons are now regular events in New Zealand and Australia. There are plans to hold them this year in Auckland, Wellington, Whangarei and Dunedin. Riversdale says despite the…

Github: when to choose closed or open source

GitHub head of open source Brandon Keepers says: “In an ideal world everything would be open source, but that’s not always the case”. Open source has many advantages, but it isn’t always the right approach. At the Open Source Open Society 2025 conference in Wellington delegates discussed when projects should be closed and when open…